McCoy breaks 100-winners record

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  • Tony McCoy has shattered his own record by achieving 100 winners in just over 20 weeks

    Tony McCoy broke his own record for the fastest 100 winners in a season by five weeks at Plumpton on Monday.

    The six-times champion jumps jockey shattered his previous best time on Martin Pipe’s Present Bleu in the claiming hurdle. His quickest ton before had been reached on November 5, 1997.

    It is a remarkable feat even if this season started on April 30, compared with June 5 in 1997.

    McCoy was quick to recognise the parts played in his achievement by his agent Dave Roberts and champion trainer Pipe, who has supplied him with 70 of his winners. “You could say he’s been quite a help,” he said.

    And it is with a smile that McCoy wants to gallop on and break his own record of 253 winners in a season.

    “I have been told to smile and look happier this season, so that’s what I’ll be doing,” he added, with another smile.

    McCoy admitted there is no other job he would rather do and said that among his ambitions are to ride the winner of every race he is eligible for at the Cheltenham Festival. Another void he wants to fill is at Aintree. “I also want to win the Grand National,” he said.

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